the fisherman and the rat race

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, "only a little while."

"But then, why didn't you stay at sea longer to catch more fish?", asked the businessman. The Mexican replied that those few fish were enough to support his family's needs.

The businessman then asked, "but what do you do with the rest of your time?" The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children. I take siesta with my wife, Maria. In the evenings I stroll into the village where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor."

The businessman scoffed, "I am an MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could then leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then L.A., and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But señor, how long will this all take?" To which the businessman replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then, señor?" The businessman laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions!"

"Millions, señor? Then what?"

"Then you could retire -- You won't have to work anymore! You could buy some oceanside property and do nothing but sleep late, relax, and do a little bit of fishing."